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St. Jude’s has undertaken several initiatives to address social justice issues in our community.
Black Mentorship Inc. (BMI)
Through the Justice and Servant Ministry committee, St. Jude’s provides an annual grant to Black Mentorship Inc. (BMI), an Oakville-based not for profit organization and registered charity.
BMI strengthens leadership opportunities for Black people, by connecting Black youths, professionals, and entrepreneurs, who are at different stages of personal and professional growth, with experienced mentors through a unique mentoring program.
In 2021, our financial support was used to sponsor of events hosted by BMI during Black History Month for over 600 registrants.
Neighbour Care Network (NCN)
This program is run in partnership with Kerr Street Mission. Volunteers receive training so they can support individuals and families who are experiencing difficulties and distress. The NCN training is a scheduled webinar on the second Tuesday of each month.
Once trained, volunteers use their knowledge and skills to help create a plan that connects the families or individuals with whom they are working, to local care giving agencies so they can get to a more stable and sustainable situation.
Both BMI and NCN programs have added COVID protocols to ensure safety for everyone involved in their programs.
If you are interested in volunteering or would like to learn more about these programs, please click the Volunteer Now button and the St. Jude’s office can direct your questions to the right resource.
Addressing Climate Change
In 2021, work is underway on a project to promote electric vehicle usage amongst the congregation at St. Jude’s, as a way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This project will include an educational component on the costs and benefits of various types of electric vehicles available on the market in Canada.